The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase

Date Thu, January 12 2017

I’m a pretty big fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Like, I’ve got a tattoo of a fictitious whale falling to its death on the back of my shoulder big.

I own the movie, the TV series and two copies of all Ithe books. And now, thanks to an awesome friend, I own the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio play. Yes, the same radio play from 1978 that started it all.

To be fair, I only own the first phase, which just means the first season. It’s split up into fits or episodes that equate to the first two books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Now, if you’re less familiar with the stories than I am, you might wonder “Why do you need the Guide in another medium, Cole?” Well, the answer is this. Not only is the radio play the very.first.thing that started it all, but the author, Douglas Adams, changed something with every version. So I can see not only how the story changed throughout the years but also through different media.

So I love The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as a book. It works very well, and I prefer reading to watching either the TV series or movie. That makes for some pretty high expectations. And The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio play surpassed them all with flying colors!

The story works so well as a radio play, and I really like some of the voice actors, which include

  • Peter Jones as The Book
  • Simon Jones as Arthur Dent
  • Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect

In fact, I prefer Trillian and Marvin in this version; although, I will never not love Martin Freeman (who played Arthur in the movie) and Stephen Fry’s voice was perfect for narrating the movie and audiobook.

Fitting two whole books into just a few hours is no easy task. However, you could argue that it’s technically the other way around. The first phase of the radio play and the first two books in the series share all the same major plot points. But the books enabled Adams to go into deeper detail, especially concerning Arthur. The radio play doesn’t feel lacking in any way because of this, though.

In fact, listening rather than reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has led me to laugh out loud quite heartily more than once, even at jokes that I’ve read more than half a dozen times.

I’ve enjoyed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy so much that I’m looking into more radio plays to enjoy once I finished it; although, that’ll be a few weeks because I’m less than halway through the series.

There are a number of ways you can listen to the radio play. The BBC still replays episodes on a daily basis. You can buy the CDs on Amazon and then rip them to your digital collection forever (I did) or even the cassettes on eBay. But let’s get real, it’s 2017 guys! ;)

After finishing the primary phase, I got the idea to look for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Secondary Phase through my local library. Unfortunately, my library has some of the phases on disc, but not all of them. However, I did a quick check to see if they were available as e-books through my library’s digital catalog, which uses Overdrive, and they were. If you’re really interested in nerding out with me, you can check out this option.

The last way to enjoy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as a radio play is through Audible. If you’re already a fan or want to sign up, you can get all of the five phases through Amazon.

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1/2 Off All Pizzas Online at Pizza Hut

Date Thu, January 5 2017

It’s a cold day in Wisconsin, and I wasn’t brave enough to deal with it, so I ordered a pizza. Smart, huh?

Even better, I got my pizza for half off thanks to Pizza Hut’s current sale, which enables you to save 50% on pizzas until January 9th. I saw the deal on DealSpotr, and you can click the coupon below to start your own order — no coupon necessary!

Make sure to stop by DealSpotr to save money at tons of retailers and on thousands of products. And if you’re interested in learning how you can make money with DealSpotr, read my review.

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The Best Products of 2016 [Guide]

Date Tue, January 3 2017

I fully intended to post my best products of 2016 list while it was still 2016. Oops. I planned to do a lot of things that I didn’t.

Ah, well. At least I’m getting around to it now.

2016 was a busy year; although, you may not be able to tell that from my posts or lack thereof. So there were fewer product and service reviews to choose from to populate this list. And I didn’t love all of the options.

So while this list might be short, these are the things worth checking out.

Healthy and Beauty

DUAL IDENTITY WET/DRY MINERAL FOUNDATION, Studio Gear Brush and Revitalizing Day Serum

Dual Identity makeup by Studio Gear plays many roles for you to create your perfect face. And I love the brush!

  • Studio Gear Dual Identity Wet/Dry Makeup – A quality powder that you can use to set your makeup, mix with Revitalizing Day Serum to turn into a wet makeup or use for contouring. The possibilities are endless, and the brush that came with this set is one that I use on a daily basis. Read my review.
  • Exuviance cleansing cream is a soft cream if you can believe it. I really enjoyed how it cleansed and moisturized my skin with its unique texture. In fact, I was able to stop using moisturizer while I used this product!
  • Not Your Mother’s Plump for Joy Thickening Hair Lifter will give your fine (like mine!) or thin hair a bit of a boost. It doesn’t compare with a blowout, but it’s nearly effortless to use. This is a brand I’ve come to enjoy the more I try it.

Apps, Plugins and Websites

  • Dealspotr checklist

    Dealspotr provided me steady Amazon gift cards during the year

    Dealspotr helps you save money with coupons, sales and deals and make money when you contribute those sales and validate quality deals on the site. Read my review of Dealspotr.

  • Grammarly is a writer’s secret tool. It essentially solves the issues of words-that-exist-but-don’t-quite-fit-grammatically. Try the free plugin for your browser. If writing is the way you make a living, you’ll want to upgrade Grammarly for a yearly fee (affiliate link — I’ll make a small commission if you sign up). I have never felt to reassured with my writing since using Grammarly.

I actually have boxes full of beauty items and cosmetics that I am trying to catch up writing reviews for, all of which I bought myself. You can expect a number of lip product reviews after I take photos. I somehow wound up with an entire box of Derma E products, too, and I hope to try them shortly.

2017 will also see a number of board game reviews, and since I’ve been reading so much, I plan to review more books. It’s funny how the tone of this blog changes as I do, but I hope you enjoy it. You’ll never quite know what’s common, which means that next year’s “best of” list is as surprising to me as it will be to you!

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Win a $100 Bath and Body Works Gift Card #Giveaway

Date Sat, December 17 2016

Welcome to the $100 Bath and Body Works Giveaway Event!

Hosted by: Lil’ Blog and More, Coupons and Freebies Mom, and InezbyDesign.

Co-hosted by:  The Homespun Chics, Dorky’s Deals, My Little House of Treasures, Michigan Saving and More, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Basically Speaking, and Southern Honeysuckle.

Just in time for the holidays, this great group of bloggers wanted to partner up, to bring you one great prize! You can never go wrong with Bath and Body Works, right?!

Whether you want to smell good, relax in the tub or create the perfect ambiance in your home, Bath and Body Works has you covered. In fact, I bet a lot of you have their products in your bathroom right now.

Why not add some more, right?!

The Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a $100 Bath and Body Works Gift Card.

Enter with the easy form, below:

Disclosure:
The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil’ Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts December 17th, 2016 , and will end on January 16th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to US and Canada.

Welcome to the $100 Amazon Gift Card Dropprice Giveaway!

Date Wed, December 14 2016

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Dropprice

In today’s promotion for the PRIMO 4-in-1 Toilet Trainer, it started out at $30.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Dropprice

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Toilet Trainer and you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 12/27/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 30% Off 30 Gifts at ModCloth

Date Fri, December 9 2016

This post contains affiliate links. I’ll make a commission if you make a purchase. Thank you for your continued support.ModCloth’s Twelve Days of Deals are in full swing. Every day, something new goes on sale, but those sales won’t last forever. It’s already day five, and hopefully, you had a chance to buy something on sale before the sale ended (or it went out of stock!).

Yesterday’s deal is 30% off all home and gifts (today’s deal has yet to be announced by you’ll find it here when it is) with the code MERRYME, which means ModCloth is the only place you need to shop for the-hard-to-shop-for person on your list. (That’s me if you haven’t heard lol)

30% Off Home and Gifts at Modcloth

There are so many awesome things on the list from huggable pillows to geeky ornaments and everything in between. At 30% off, you can finish your holiday shopping and buy yourself something adorable to boot!

I’ve gathered a list of 30 items that are 30% off below. I’d love any of these, but you’ll find even more home and gift ideas at ModCloth.

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Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Date Thu, December 8 2016

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Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Target Gift Card Giveaway

In today’s promotion for the Handstand Kitchen Kids Baking Set, it started out at $25.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.
Target Gift Card Giveaway

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Baking Set and you will be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 12/20/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.


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CLICK HERE TO ENTER ANOTHER GIVEAWAY: $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD

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